Tourism is alive and well in Ulster County, stats show

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Director of Tourism Lisa Berger and Deputy Director of Tourism Natalie Michael accepted on behalf of Ulster County two 2022 New York State Tourism Excellence Awards

KINGSTON – Tourists are enjoying everything that Ulster County has to offer as is borne out by a host of just-released statistics.

The county represents 44 percent of all visitation to the Catskills and visitor spending is up 129 percent from 2019, according to the latest data from I Love NY Tourism.

Hotel occupancy taxes collected by the county increased 65.2 percent from 2019, setting an all-time high of over $3.3 million.

Tourism has also had a positive impact on the economy with sales tax collections up by 27.1 percent in 2021 and 121.5 percent from 2019.

The revenue from tourism provides funding for affordable housing projects, mental health services, emergency services, and more, county officials note.

The Ulster County Tourism Department has also accepted two 2022 New York State Tourism Excellence Awards – Excellence in Overall Tourism Marketing: “Seek for Yourself” Campaign; and Excellence in Tourism Marketing Campaigns, Projects & Programs: Creative Use of Data to Drive Success.

The tourism department has also launched a new website,  visitulstercountyny.com.